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My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument

My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument

A Feature film by Arnaud Desplechin

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 12/06/1996

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Actors (23)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Why Not Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

The Bureau Sales

Co-productions :

France 2 Cinéma, Arte France Cinéma

French distribution :

Bac Films Distribution

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Paul Dédalus is 29. He's an assistant professor at a Paris university. Paul became a teacher only reluctantly. He yearns to quit this "temporary" job, but can't bring himself to. Consequently, he hasn't finished his doctorate which would make him a full professor. In this way, with his modest earnings, he lives a half-life, waiting to begin what he might call "his life as a man".


"We have the impression that our life follow a certain path and that it is made up of a number of episodes that "happen to us" in such a way that we know it is our own particular life in question and not someone else's, enabling us to give a more or less coherent description of it. However, for Paul, that is not at all obvious. He has been giving classes at the University for years now but he still isn't convinced that this is the right job for him. As a storyteller, he can invent lives for others but finds himself unable to describe his own life and neatly order the few events that he thinks have happened to him into a coherent story. Thus, Paul Dedalus has to learn about self-evidence and this process will be violently imposed on him by others - Sylvia, who shows him people can change, Valérie, who tries to annihilate him just as she annihilate Jean-Jacques, and finally Frédéric Rabier, his enemy, who offends him."
(Emmanuel Bourdieu - co-screenwriter)

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Pascal Caucheteux

Screenwriters :

Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu

Sound recordists :

Laurent Poirier, Jean-Pierre Laforce

Assistant Operator :

Dominique Perrier

Press Attaché (film) :

Agnès Chabot

Sound editors :

Mathilde Grosjean, Mathilde Muyard

Production Designer :

Antoine Platteau

Casting :

Stéphane Batut, Jeanne Biras, Claude Martin

French Distributor :

Jean Labadie

Still Photographer :

Jean-Claude Lother

Assistant directors :

Bénédicte Darblay, Aude Cathelin

Director of Photography :

Éric Gautier

Sound Assistant :

Michel Casang

Camera Operator :

Stéphane Fontaine

Editor :

François Gédigier

Assistant editor :

Laurence Briaud

Music Composer :

Krishna Levy

Costume designer :

Claire Gérard-Hirne

Sound Mixer :

Didier Lize

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

2 h 58 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)



Festival Selections (5)

BIFF - 2015

BIFF (South Korea, 2015)


Dublin French Film Festival - 2013

Dublin French Film Festival (Ireland, 2013)



Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)

Selection (3)

Most Promising Actress : Emmanuelle Devos

Most Promising Actress : Jeanne Balibar

Most Promising Actor : Mathieu Amalric

Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


Out of Competition

Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


Official Competition - Feature Films


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)


César award for most promising actor : Mathieu Amalric